My family is a big fan of nonpareils: my mother loves the tiny ones "snowcaps" and my father the larger dark chocolate variety. I can remember when I was very little I didn't know what they were called. I knew what they were and that I enjoyed them and for some reason I came to a conclusion that they were called brussels sprouts. Clearly I had never had a real brussels sprout.
Anyway, now that I've cleared up that confusion -- I have made real nonpareils. They were so easy and so good I can't believe I didn't know that it was possible to make them until now.
For every 8 oz of chocolate you add one half a teaspoon of shortening and melt in a double boiler. Then drop in whatever size you want on wax or parchment paper. Smooth out the chocolate if it isn't in a typical nonpareil shape. Then put in the fridge for about ten minutes to cool it down and the sprinkle with candy sprinkles, I used red and green and white ones.
I let them set over night and by the next afternoon they were perfect! I don't think it typically takes that long but I was busy. These are perfect holiday gifts for someone who loves chocolates!